Swimming pools in Barcelona

The Best Swimming Pools in Barcelona

Swimming pools in Barcelona

Brace yourselves… Summer is coming! That means a lot of sun, parties and beach sessions! Hold on… let’s rewind.

Beaches are a must during summertime and Barcelona has some really nice ones. But summer in Barcelona means lots and lots of tourists and sometimes we just don’t want to deal with loud and crammed spaces when all we want is to just lay back and relax while making tan.

So today I am giving you, my SuiteLife gang, an alternative. Public swimming pools in Barcelona!


Parc de la Creueta del Coll

Not your everyday boring community pool.

Swimming pools in Barcelona












Parc de la Creueta del Coll is not just one of the regular swimming pools in Barcelona. The whole area was initially decided to be used to build flats, however later on it was decided that it would be better to turn it into a recreational space for the neighbors in Gracia. The park consists of ping-pong tables, picnic and children’s play areas and most importantly a big bathing pool. What makes this swimming pool different than others is it’s decor and the nature surrounding it, which makes you feel as if you are on an exotic holiday somewhere in the Caribbean. The water in the pools is relatively shallow which makes it perfect young and old alike to enjoy a refreshing day at Parc de la Creueta del Coll. Admission fees are from 3€ to 6€. Children under 3 years old are let in for free. I know, right?!


Piscines Bernat Picornell

This one is for the sport-oriented swimmers.

Swimming pools in Barcelona
















Piscines Bernat Picornell located on Montjuic hill are three swimming pools created almost solely for competitions and sport’s events. The sport center opened doors in 1970 but it was almost entirely renovated in 1992 for the Olympic games in Barcelona. The Bernat Picornell pools are at the top in the list of swimming pools in Barcelona. The swimming center has three swimming pools in total – one heated indoor pool, one competition pool and one diving pool which is temporarily closed. During summertime, the outdoor competition pool is open for the public, however, occasionally there are movies played as part of the Grec festival by the pool. So you’ll need to call the center beforehand and establish which days the pool will be open. After all, you don’t want to go all the way up to Montjuic and be disappointed at the end, unless you enjoy walking uphill just for the sake of it. Yeah.. me neither.


Llac de Can Dragó

‘The lake’

Swimming pools in Barcelona















Llac de Can Dragó is of the best swimming pools in Barcelona. People refer to it as ‘the lake’ because of its enormous surface area - 2.960 m². It is the biggest swimming pool in Barcelona and is part of a sports complex that stretches over 15, 000 m². The water is shallow and the pool’s maximum depth is 1.30m which is perfect you have children or if you just don’t know how  swim :( . The pool has a grassy area surrounding it so pack those sandwiches in the picnic basket and have a great day at Llac de Can Dragó. Oh.. you forgot to pack lunch? No worries, there is a cafe with tables and chair waiting to cater to you.


That concludes my blog for this week. I hope you found it helpful if you were wondering where to have a relaxing day to sunbathe away from the noisy beach. If you liked this post feel free to share it with your friends or leave as a sweet comment below. Or both!


Weekly joke:

Q: Why do squirrels swim on there back?

A: To keep their nuts dry!






Skydiving in Barcelona!

Skydiving in Barcelona Rocks!

Skydiving Barcelona

Skydiving in Barcelona, the words every person crazy about adrenaline and extreme sensations thinks about when they want their heart to beat faster! As you have probably aldready guessed, this blog will be presenting you with the best places to take a leisurely skydive in Barcelona in order to help you make the best decisions possible! So get that adrenaline dose flowing ASAP by doing something that you’ve never done – skydiving!



Skydiving in Barcelona


  • LOCATION: Girona, 100 km from Barcelona (1h 15mins)
  • HOW TO GET THERE: By Train or by Coach
  • CHARGES: starting from 240 € (customisable packages including picture taking or video recording available)
  • OPENING HOURS: All year long, 9am – sunset
  • WEBSITE: www.skydiveempuriabrava.com



Skydiving in Barcelona

  • LOCATION: Aeròdrom de La Cerdanya, Girona, 100 km from Barcelona (1h 15mins)
  • HOW TO GET THERE: By Train or by Coach
  • CHARGES: starting from 239 € (optional packages including picture taking or video recording available)
  • OPENING HOURS: 9am – 4pm during the weekends
  • WEBSITE: www.skydivebcn.com



Skydiving in Barcelona


If your danger senses are tingling and you feel like you need one more impulse, here is a video of our pioneer in skydiving in Barcelona, the one and only boss of SuiteLife Benny, terrified as hell while jumping in plain air with a chute! BTW, Benny did his dive at the Empuria Brava dive school and thought the experience was life changing!

Karts in Barcelona – All you need to know about karting!

Karts Barcelona

Hey there karts aficionados from Barcelona! Up for some some adrenaline rushing through your veins? This blog is about what you need to do in order to satisfy your need for speed. You’re definitely looking for KARTS IN BARCELONA! Accordingly, you can find down below the most essential info about where you can find karts in Barcelona gathered in just one place – here! So let’s get the kart engines running!!



Karts in Barcelona



Karts in Barcelona



Karts in Barcelona

  • LOCATION: Llisa de Vall, 30km from Barcelona (25 mins)
  • HOW TO GET THERE: by car only
  • CHARGES: 15€ – 30€ / person (depending on the options selected)
  • OPENING HOURS: May – October 9:30am – 8:30pm ; October – May 9:30am – 8:00pm ; Mondays and holidays closed
  • WEBSITE: www.kartodrom.com

BONUS! – They have their own karting school, so if you want to improve your kart driving skills, go for a course! Here you can find their website!



Karts in Barcelona

  • LOCATION: Terrassa, 30km from Barcelona (25 mins)
  • HOW TO GET THERE: http://www.transportebcn.es/FGC/linea/S1.html
  • CHARGES: 14€ – 19€ / person (depending on the date you go – more expensive in the weekends)
  • OPENING HOURS: Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 11 pm; Thursdays 11am – 11pm; Friday – Saturday 11am – 1am; Sundays 11am – 11pm
  • WEBSITE: www.genekarting.com



Karts in Barcelona

  • LOCATION: Castelloli, 60km from Barcelona (40 mins)
  • HOW TO GET THERE: by car only
  • CHARGES: 43€ – 58€ / person (depending on the options selected)
  • OPENING HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 8pm; closed on Mondays
  • WEBSITE: www.kartingparcmotor.com


These are the most important places in and around Barcelona where you can rub that rubber on the track. If you have another alternative for a day off dedicated to karting in Barcelona, we would love to hear from you! Hasta luego!


Muchisimas gracias,

Dragosh (aka El Dragon)






FC Barcelona: Why is it “More than a Club” ?


Based in Barcelona – the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona Football Club also known as FC Barcelona or Barça is one of the biggest clubs in the world as well as the biggest club in Spain. Winning 22 La Liga, 4 Champions League and countless trophies, the team attracts millions of fans around the world by its long tradition, chequered history, and especially by the Tikitaka style of play. Tikitaka has not only brought huge success to FC Barcelona but also contributed greatly to the Spanish national team’s glory during the period of 2008-2012. The Germany national team also adapted successfully the Tikitaka’s possession philosophy with its ruthless efficiency in the team’s road to be World Cup 2014 Champion.

FC Barcelona

Yes, FC Barcelona is great. However, for the people of Catalonia, FC Barcelona is more than just a local and successful club. It is a part of their lives. That’s why the FC Barcelona chose the phrase “Mes Que un Club” (More than a club) as the official slogan, which is somewhat speaking for Catalan nationalism.


In the 20th century, Catalonia was laid under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco who repressed local culture and language of different regions of Spain. During Franco’s dictatorship from 1939 to 1976, basically, every aspect of Catalonia’s society was banned and the Catalan cultural activities were imposed by Franco’s policies.  Remembering all these things, Catalan people were determined to change and abolish policies that Franco had created, while keeping their own identity from the habits, language, music, cuisine,…

In this silent war, football and FC Barcelona is a great bridge between Catalan people and their aspiration of independence. Because when all aspects of Catalonia were suppressed by the Franco dictatorship, Catalan people supported the Barcelona club and regarded it as the flag and the symbol of the Catalan community. FC Barcelona is their voice, their honor and pride.

Catalan Independence

For people outside Spain, the El Clásico is considered as “the fiercest rivalry of the football world”. With the number of high-profiled players on show, every El Clásico is always a must-see spectacle of skill, class and unpredictability. The 1 billion EUR El Clásico game on 25 October 2014 had a global audience of 500 million viewers. But, beyond legendary football rivalries, El Clásico is connected to customary political connotations. At any El Clásico match, it is easy to recognize many banners on display by Barcelona’s fans: “Independencia”, “Catalonia is not Spain”,..They chant in unison “Independence” making the atmosphere in Bernabeu or Camp Nou become even more epic and heated. The clash between the two biggest teams of Spain can be seen as a battle between Catalonia and the central government of Madrid which also represents for a unified Spain. FC Barcelona sees itself as the symbol of independence, Catalan traditions, and democracy. For Catalans, Barcelona club, football and media plays an important role to spread the message of Catalonia to the world. Thanks to the success of F.C Barcelona and the huge impact of media, millions of people outside Spain know about Catalonia and its independence movement.

Barcelona FC


Just a few weeks ago, Artur Mas, the president of the Generalitat of Catalunya, announced to cancel the referendum that is planned to be on 9 November. This cancel shows that it is not easy for Catalonia to be independent. Catalonia contributes 20% of Spain’s GDP and the government of course does not want to lose that big contribution. About football, if Catalonia breaks away from Spain, Barcelona would have to leave La Liga. This will affect both La Liga and Barcelona. La Liga will be much less competitive comparing to other tournaments such as Premier League or Seria A. On the other hand, Barcelona then will have to join another small tournament such as Catalan league where Barcelona just needs to play against Espanyol and other small teams such as Girona, Sabadell, Llagostera,…And who wants to watch a tournament where there is the same champion through the years ?


Although Barcelona club will have many disadvantages if Catalonia becomes independent, the team still joins the push for Catalan Independence Vote. In details, the club has signed up to the National Agreement on the Right to Decide, a organization lobbying the central government to allow the vote regional officials. The Barcelona-born defender Gerard Piqué and Xavi also support for referendum in Catalonia. Xavi said “We have all the right in the world to vote. We need to vote, we need the people to show their opinions and I am in favour of the referendum obviously”. Pique said “I consider that, in a democracy, everyone has the right to decide. If people don’t have the right to express what they feel, we would be going back to a bygone era.” He and his son Milan also joined the march for Catalan Independence through the streets of Barcelona on 11, September 2014 – The National day of Catalonia.

Pique and Catalan Independence

It is undeniable that many Catalans want to be independent because there are so many demonstrations in recent years and the Catalan Way 2014 on 11 September 2014 is the biggest peaceful mobilization in European history.  But there are a lot of questions that still need to be answered. It seems that Catalans still have to be patient and wait until Madrid shows more positive signals.

We hope that you enjoy this blog and we’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject in the comments.



Top 10 Catalan Football Players

Some are young and playing some have became legends, but they are the top 10 Catalan football players

Cataluña and Barcelona in particular have always been a breeding ground for many famous footballers in the world. In harmony with the Fifa World Cup 2014, which is getting hotter and rougher, SuiteLife has picked the 10 most famous Catalan football players of all time. You’ve probably known about the trending names like Xavi Hernández, Carles Puyol, Sergio Busquets, Victor Valdes etc. but how about the legends from the early-middle of twentieth century?

1. Ricardo Zamora (1901 – 1978)

The legendary Goalkeeper was born in 1901 in Barcelona. He is probably the only player who played for both FC Barcelona, Real Madrid C.F., Spanish football team and Catalonia national football team. During his career as player he has won 3 Copas del Rey, 5 Catalan football championships, 2 La Liga. As football manager, he helped Atlético Aviación (former of Atlético Madrid) win 2 La Liga championships. For individual titles, he was awarded the best Goalkeeper of the 1934 FIFA World Cup and the honour of best Goalkeeper in La Liga, the Ricardo Zamora Trophy was named after him.

Catalan football player ricardo zamora


Trophies as player:

  • 1 Copa del Rey with Espanyol, 2 with Barcelona
  • 2 Catalan Champions with Espanyol, 3 with Barcelona
  • 2 La Liga with Real Madrid
  • 2 Copa de España with Real Madrid
  • 3 Copa Princep de Asturies with Catalan XI


Trophies as manager:

  • 2 La Liga with Atlético Aviación


Individual honours:

  • Fifth in World – Goalkeeper of the century
  • Best Goalkeeper of the 1934 FIFA World Cup




2. Antoni Ramallets (1924 – 2013)

Antoni Ramallets Simón was born in Barcelona. He is honoured by FC Barcelona as one of the best goalkeepers in the history of Barça and the whole of Spanish football signed up from Europa. During the era of maximum glory for the team, later called as “Cinco Copas”(Five Cups) era, he has achieved many awards with the team. Antoni Ramallets, together with another Barca goal keeper Victor Valdes are currently the two goalkeepers that have obtain the most Zamora trophies (5 each)

Catalan football player Antoni Ramallets



Trophies as player with Barcelona:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 5 Copa del Rey
  • 3 Copa Eva Duarte
  • 2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups
  • Latin Cup


  • 5 Zamora Trophies

Manager for Zaragoza

  • Copa del Rey
  • Inter-Cities Fairs Cup





3. Estanislau Basora (1926-2012)

Catalan football player Estanislau Basora


Born in Colonia Valls, Barcelona, the Catalan winger/striker joined FC Barcelona when he was 20 and spent most of his football career with the club. With great technical abilities, great pace and ability to lose his marker he became a member of Barcelona’s famous forward line at that time (Basora, Kubala, César, Moreno and Manchón).


  • 4 La Liga Championships:
  • 2 Latin Cups
  • 4 Copa del Rey
  • 3 Eva Duarte Cups
  • 1 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup







4. Carles Rexach (1947)

Born in Barcelona in 1947, Carles Rexach joined Barcelona junior team when he was 12 and also spent his whole career in FC Barcelona. Although Rexach was a great midfielder with one Pichichi Trophy (awarded to top goalscorer in each La Liga season) in 1970–71, the once popular Catalan football player had his best years on the Barcelona bench as assistant coach to Luis Aragonés and Johan Cruyff before he was appointed manager in 2001. After his playing career, he worked for the team as a scout; Carles is the one who discovered and brought one of the greatest footballers in the world – Lionel Messi- to the club.

Catalan football player Carles Rexach

Trophies as player:

  • 1 UEFA Cup
  • 2 Inter-Cities Fairs Cups
  • 1 La Liga Championships
  • 4 Copa del Rey
  • 1 Pichichi Trophy

5. Roberto Martínez (1973)

Roberto Martínez Montoliú was born in the town of Balaguer, Lleida, Catalonia. The defensive midfielder started his football career at Real Zaragoza and shortly changed his career path to England. Here he’s archieved many titles with Wigan Athletic and Swansea City, both as player and on the coaching bench.

Catalan football player Roberto Martinez


Trophies as player:

  • Copa del Rey: 1993–94 with Real Zaragoza
  • Football League 3rd Division with Wigan Athletic
  • Football League: with Wigan Athletic
  • Football League: 2005–06 with Swansea City

Trophies as a manager:

Swansea City

  • Football League One: 2007–08
  • 3 League One Manager of the Month
  • League One Manager of the Year: 2007–08

Wigan Athletic

  • FA Cup: 2012–13
  • Premier League Manager of the Month: April 2012





6. Josep Guardiola (1971)

The incumbent manager of Bayern Munich is inarguably one of the most successful Catalan footballers, in both his playing and managing career. He was born in Santpedor, Barcelona and joined La Masia (youth academy of Barcelona) at age of 13. He is the player with most titles won as player and manager: 16 as a player and 14 as a manager. He is also the manager with best percentage of titles: 14 titles from the 19 possible between 2008 – 2012. As FC Barcelona manager, he’s brought the Tiki-taka style to its greatest success, allowed the club to win 2008–09 and 2010–11 UEFA Champions League.

Catalan football player Pep Guardiola

Trophies with Fc Barcelona:

  • 9 La Liga with FC Barcelona (6 as player and 3 as manager)
  • 4 Copa del Rey (2 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 7 Supercopa de España (4 as player, 3 as manager)
  • 3 UEFA Champions League cup (1 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup as player
  • 4 UEFA Super Cup (2 as player, 2 as manager)
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup as manager
  • 1 Olympic Gold Medal with Spain national team


Trophies with Fc Bayern Munich:

  • Bundesliga: 2013–14
  • DFB-Pokal: 2013–14
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2013
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 2013


Individual title:

  • Catalan of the Year Award: 2009
  • La Liga Coach of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year: 2009, 2011
  • FIFA World Coach of the Year: 2011

7. Xavi Hernández (1980)

Born in Terrassa, Barcelona and join La Masia since the age of 11, Xavi has spent all his football life at FC Barcelona. The current number 6 together with Iniesta, they have made a fantastic duo in the centre. Xavi stands out for his tactical vision, ability to win the ball back and control the game pace. That explains why Xavi is irreplaceable during the club’s successful seasons. Proved via numbers, he holds the records for players with most appearances (822 games)/ most appearances in Liga (474 games)/ most appearances in international competitions (168 games). He is also the player with most titles in Barcelona (22 title, only one less than the national record of Real Madrid’s Paco Gento).

Catalan football player Xavi HernandezTrophies with Barcelona & Spain national team:

  • 2 Clubs World Cup
  • 3 UEFA Champions League Cups
  • 2 European Super Cups
  • 7 La Liga cups
  • 2 Copas del Rey
  • 6 Spanish Super Cups
  • FIFA World Cup
  • 2 UEFA European Football Championship
  • Summer Olympics Silver Medal
  • FIFA World Youth Championship


Individual trophies:

  • World Soccer Player of the Year: 2010
  • FIFA Ballon d’Or 3rd place: 2010, 2011
  • Ballon d’Or Bronze Award: 2009
  • FIFA World Player of the Year 3rd place: 2009
  • 4 times IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker
  • FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2011
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2009
  • And many others


8. Víctor Valdés (1982)

Víctor Valdés i Arribas was born in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona. The current number 1 Goalkeeper of Barcelona joined the team in 1992 and has been one of the best goalkeepers in Barcelona’s history. The second goalkeeper in this Catalan football players list currently holds the title of unbeaten for the most consecutive minutes in official competitions: (896 minutes in season 10/11)

Catalan football player Victor ValdesTrophies with Barcelona and Spain national team:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 6 Supercopa de España
  • 3 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups
  • FIFA World Cup 2010
  • UEFA European Football Championship 2012


Individual trophies:

  • 5 Zamora Trophies
  • La Liga Goalkeeper of the Year: 2010–11
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011




9. Carles Puyol (1978)

Carles Puyol i Saforcada was born in Lleida, Catalonia. He has served FC Barcelona since 1995 and that is his only football club till he retired in 2014. Interestingly, Puyol started his career as goalkeeper, then striker which explains his ability to score goal in Fc Barcelona. Only when he joined Barcelona his position changed again to defender. Although Puyol is not very tall (178 cm), his physical strength makes him very strong in the air and he is capable of man-marking opposing forwards who are taller than him. Puyol is a great leader and model for the rest of the squad due to his discipline, pride and total identification to the Club.

Catalan football player Carles Puyol

Trophies with FC Barcelona and Spain national team:

  • 6 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 6 Supercopa de España
  • 3 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cups
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cups
  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2008


Individual trophies:

  • UEFA Club Best Defender: 2006
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2010
  • BBVA Fair Play award: 2011–12
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011



10. Sergio Busquets (1988)

Sergio Busquets Burgos was born in Sabadell, Barcelona. He joined Barça youth system in 2005, then he was promoted to play in the first team. Sergio is a complete midfielder with field intelligence and well positioning. He creates a solid shield in front of Barca’s defense line and brings stability to the team, thus helping Barcelona achieving many successes.  His father Carles Busquets also played (as Goal keeper) for Barcelona and they became the third father-and-son combo that have won Europe’s top club competition playing for the same team.

Catalan football player Sergio Busquets


Trophies with Barcelona:

  • 4 La Liga
  • 2 Copa del Rey
  • 4 Supercopa de España
  • 2 UEFA Champions League
  • 2 UEFA Super Cup:
  • 2 FIFA Club World Cup

With National team:

  • FIFA World Cup: 2010
  • UEFA European Championship: 2012


  • La Liga’s Breakthrough Player: 2009
  • Bravo Award: 2009
  • Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
  • Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit: 2011





That’s our top 10 Catalan football players list. Do you have any other favorite ones? Feel free to share in the comment section below. I would like to hear it! And hey if you still looking for sport bars in Barcelona, check out our list!

Enjoy the 2014 World Cup!


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